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The setting for The Storm by Kate Chopin begins with a thunderstorm The first characters that the author mentions are Bobinot and his son Bibi They buy a can of shrimps for Calixta but are prevented from getting them to her by the storm Chopin 96 The author changes the setting and tells about Calixta at home A man named Alcee arrives at her house that she has not seen in a long time The violence of the storm forces Alcee and Calixta into the house and then into passion that ends at the same time as the storm Chopin uses setting as a catalyst to this action a parallel to the passion between the characters and as a key to the theme of the story Setting in this story is the catalyst to the passion that occurs between Alcee and Calixta The storm occurs just as Alcee rides by Calixta has to go out to get Bibis coat and sees Alcee The storm forces Alcee and Calixta into the house and makes them shut the door 96 The fact that the door to the bedroom is open and the big white bed can be seen contributes to the setting by foreshadowing future events The storm obscures the view of other cabins and implies that they are totally alone in the house with no one to see them They are trapped together in the world of the storm and cannot leave Lightning strikes the tree and makes Calixta fall backward into Alcees arms 97 The setting in The Storm forces Alcee and Calixta together and into each others arms The storm serves as a parallel to the passion between Alcee and Calixta The storm is unavoidable and so is the passion because of it When the storm forces them into each others arms the familiarity with their previous lives takes over and they begin having an affair 97 The storm ending at
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